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Here at TexasHoldemPokerOnline.com, we are meticulous about our Poker Room Reviews. We don´t just say that “XYZ” is a good poker room without giving you reasons why we think that, and we´ll let you know if there is anything publicized on the site which is not as good as it sounds. For example:

  • If you are looking for the best first deposit poker bonuses, you will want to know what the clearing requirements are and how long you have to redeem the bonus.
  • How rewarding is the “Rewards Program”? Is it worth staying loyal to one site, or moving somewhere else to clear your next first deposit poker bonus?
  • What is the standard of play like? If you are a new online poker player, you don´t want to lose your bankroll playing at a site which is full of experience grinders – no matter how large the first deposit bonus!

Our list of poker reviews below is divided into those at which practically anybody can play Texas Holdem online (US Poker Sites) and those which don´t accept players from the States – but do have a presence in Europe´s ring-fenced countries.

We identify the strengths and weaknesses of each in a hundred words or less, but for more comprehensive poker room reviews, please click on the appropriate link in the left hand menu pane or visit our page dedicated to US Poker Sites which discusses the legality of playing Texas Holdem Poker online at offshore sites.

Please note that it is recommended for players living in ring-fenced countries, or States within the US that have regulated poker, to read the terms and conditions of playing at a site to ensure you are eligible to play Texas Holdem Poker online before making your first deposit.

US Friendly Poker Sites

Ignition Bonus Code:
not needed
5 out of 5
Ignition Poker
100% up to $2000
Ignition Poker operates on the “recreational model” and took over Bovada Poker. This poker site hosts tables and poker tournaments on which players play anonymously so that the weaker ones do not get preyed upon by more experienced players. The site operates a tiered first deposit bonus which makes it easier for players to redeem smaller amounts during the 30 days allowed. This is currently the best option for players from the United States.
IgnitionCasino.eu
BetOnline Bonus Code:
VIP2500
4 out of 5
BetOnline Poker
200% up to $2500
BetOnline Poker´s profile increased during 2013 when the site introduced an apparently generous first deposit bonus for poker players. However, the bonus has a tiered redemption structure like Bovada Poker which some players may find a little tough if they are aiming to clear the full amount and consequently, it is a good idea to consider how much time you will be able to spend at the tables during the next 120 days before deciding how much you want to deposit. This is another good site for new players, but does not have much of a rewards program.
BetOnline.ag
Americas Cardroom
Bonus Code: THPOBONUS
5 out of 5
Americas Cardroom
100% up to $1000
Americas Cardroom is one of the more popular US-facing poker rooms due to its “Beast” weekly rake race – which attracts many players happy to grind out their share of the Beast payout, while waiting patiently for any mistakes by less experienced players. There is 24/7 action at the Jackpot tables, but novice players are advised to stay away from them until they have developed their skills. Americas Cardroom offers new players a fair welcome bonus which they have 60 days to redeem and a decent Rewards program which includes bi-weekly reload bonuses of 100% up to $200.00.
AmericasCardroom.eu
Black Chip Bonus Code:
CHIPPED
3 out of 5
Black Chip Poker
100% up to $1000
Black Chip Poker exists on the same network as Americas Cardroom and consequently there is very little to choose between them. Both sites offer similar promotions and rewards and, with both offering reload bonuses twice a month, there is no reason to leave one to join the other. However, due to the threat of multi-accounting, both Black Chip Poker and Americas Cardroom are very tight on player security and have thorough verification procedures – as well as a clued-up security team keeping an eye out for any form of collusion or chip dumping.
BlackChipPoker.eu

 

Other Poker Sites – Rest of the World

888 Poker Bonus Code:
not needed, use our links
5 out of 5
888 Poker
$88 free, no deposit needed!
888Poker has been going strong for almost two decades and is the second most popular online poker site in the world due to its policy of giving away free poker money to players who register an account. Once the account is funded, the first deposit bonus is not particularly hard to clear over the 60 days allowed, especially as the site offers a good variety of dual pot games in which bonus points can be earned quicker. 888Poker has a vibrant community, an excellent “Rewards Program” and probably the best poker software of any online poker site in the world.
Not available in your region
Everest Poker Bonus Code:
not needed, use our links
5 out of 5
Everest Poker
200% up to €1500 + €10 FREE
Everest Poker is one of the world´s most recognizable online poker brands, having first opened its virtual doors in 2004 before becoming a Main Event sponsor at the World Series of Poker just as the online poker boom was developing. Now part of the iPoker Network, Everest Poker offers new players the opportunity to build a bankroll from scratch, a weighted first deposit bonus, and an excellent VIP Rewards program. More experienced players will appreciate the high levels of liquidity at the site and the opportunity to win substantial prizes in Everest Poker´s feature tournaments.
Not available in your region
365 Bet Bonus Code:
not needed, use our links
5 out of 5
Bet365 Poker
100% up to EUR100
Bet365 Poker is run by a well-established UK company with a thriving sports betting side. The site offers a quite decent bonus, but players should be aware that you only get 60 days to redeem it – and when you have to earn double points (in order to redeem a 200% bonus), bankroll management might become an issue (not being able to play at high enough stakes to earn the points because of the amount deposited). Bet365 Poker has exclusive “Beginners tables” to protect new players, and a very good Rewards Program which has the potential to be exceptionally lucrative.
Not available in your region
PartyPoker Bonus Code:
THPOBONUS
5 out of 5
Party Poker
100% up to $500
Party Poker appears to be going through a metamorphosis at the moment. Once upon a time the poker room that everybody wanted to emulate, Party Poker now seems to be taking all the best bits of everybody else´s sites and trying to piece them together as a social network site that provides online poker – rather than a viable site on which to play Texas Holdem Poker online which has good social media interaction. The result is a good poker room for new players to cut their teeth before moving on to better opportunities.
Not available in your region
PokerStars Marketing Code:
psa4352
5 out of 5
PokerStars
100% up to $600
PokerStars is the world´s largest poker room, with almost as many real money poker players competing on PokerStars as on all the other poker sites in the world combined. PokerStars pretty much does everything well, and attracts the world´s best online poker players. Consequently, the standard of play is really high, and new players aiming to clear their first deposit bonus within the 120 days allowed, will have to be vigilant that they do not blow their bankrolls within the first couple of weeks. Best advice we can give is to learn how to play Texas Holdem Poker online first, and then go to PokerStars!
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